Shoot One-Handed Video with the Left and Leave the Right Hand Free

HandlePod camera grip.

HandlePod provides a solid grip for the left hand leaving the right hand free.

Using most cameras often takes two hands. You can operate a small point-and-shoot or smartphone camera with one hand, but some need two.

What if you want to shoot video with one hand and do something else with the other? If you can only hold and operate the camera with the right hand you’re going to need a helping handle to pull it off.

Camcorders Can’t Shoot Left Handed

This is the case with small video camcorders that you can only hold and operate with the right hand. The left side holds the monitor and doesn’t offer a useable left-handed grip. It’s possible, but the hand blocks the monitor and access to zoom control is awkward.

A Handle on the Left Side Leaves the Right Hand Free

But a convenient handle on the left side of the camera provides a comfortable grip, does not block the monitor and frees the right hand to do other things—in this case throw a ball for an eager dog. HandlePod provides just such a grip. Start the video, hold the camera with the left hand and throw the ball with the right. Once the right hand is free, grab the camera normally to zoom in and follow the action.

HandlePod camera grip

Frame grab from video catches peak action. Left hand grip with HandlePod frees the right hand to throw the ball.

This technique works well for ball chasing dogs or your son’s batting practice or wide receiver football catch. All it takes is a handle to grip the camcorder while your right hand is free to throw.

Placing a comfortable handle on a camera offers many advantages, mainly having to do with camera stability for stills and shake free video. But giving a solid grip for the left hand to free up the right hand for other tasks is another advantage that HandlePod provides.

But what if both hands are occupied and you still want to shoot video without a tripod or another person to operate the camera? Look for the answer in the next blog.

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